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Root Document Enterprise Identity Management: Moving from Theory to Practice

Published: 03 June 2005

ID: G00203138

Analyst(s): Jamie Lewis, Mike Neuenschwander


At an enterprise scale, even mundane administrative tasks such as password resets and account lifecycle management become monumental challenges. In addition, enterprises now face ever-greater challenges in complying with regulations and securing information technology (IT) systems against attacks. This overview describes how enterprises benefit from identity management (IdM) technologies that offer a systematic approach to solving these administrative and regulatory conundrums.

Table Of Contents



  • Business in the Online Medium
  • Virtualization of Identity
  • Better-Managed Identity Increases Need for Privacy
  • IdM Market: From Boutique to Mainstream
  • Next-Generation IdM
    • Architectural Backdrop for IdM: Distributed Services
    • Federation: A New Interoperability Approach
    • From Directory to Identity Services
    • Identity in the Platform
    • Creating an Auditable Enterprise Environment
  • The Enterprise Challenge
    • A Long but Inevitable Transition
    • The Clear Imperative

The Details

  • Realizing the VEN
  • The Evolution of IT
  • Digital Identity and the Virtual Enterprise
  • IdM Business Drivers
    • Reducing IT Costs
    • Increasing Security
    • Improving Regulatory Compliance
    • Enhancing the User Experience
    • Protecting and Managing Intellectual Property
    • Deploying and Leveraging Portals
    • Enabling New Business Models
    • Deploying Web Services
    • Meeting Business Needs
  • Digital Identity
    • The Technical View
    • Unique Identifiers
    • Credentials
    • Profiles
    • Identity of Things
  • Identity Management
  • IdM Process
    • Registration and Creation
    • Propagation
    • Maintenance and Management
    • Termination
    • Logging and Auditing
  • The Challenge
  • IdM Infrastructure: A Functional View
  • IdM Infrastructure: An Architectural View
    • Directory and Identity Services
    • Roles and Rules
    • Provisioning and Password Management
    • Delegated Administration and Self-Service
    • Authentication
    • Access Management
    • Identity Federation
    • Privacy and Regulatory Compliance
  • Creating Enterprise IdM Architectures


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